“The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced its 2018-2019 lineup, complete with a pair of world premieres,” writes Jeremy Reynolds in Wednesday’s (2/7) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Pittsburgh’s orchestra has named the omnipresent Mason Bates composer of the year, with a world premiere of his music scheduled for September. Later in the season is a new concerto for clarinet and bassoon from Baltimore-based composer Jonathan Leshnoff, set to premiere with the PSO’s own Michael Rusinek (clarinet) and Nancy Goeres (bassoon). Mr. Leshnoff’s music will be recorded live alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in June 2019…. Four of today’s top pianists (George Li, Behzod Abduraimov, Inon Barnatan and Garrick Ohlsson) will lend their talents to a full Rachmaninoff piano concerto cycle…. PSO360, the limited-seating concert format that puts audiences onstage with musicians on select Saturdays, continues with three performances featuring soloists Maximilian Hornung, Inon Barnatan, Emanuel Ax and Vilde Frang. The current season’s PSO360 concerts sold out almost immediately after they were announced…. After a year of experimentation, the PSO plans to launch its Young Professionals Club in earnest during the 2018-2019 season, intending to offer discounts, networking opportunities and other perks to draw a larger number the 21-35 crowd to Heinz Hall.”

Posted February 9, 2018